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  1. As private landowners we could then be like all...

    As private landowners we could then be like all the rest and bar access to everyone else. If you want a camp site there's one just up the lake shore open all year.

    Hopefully the planning...
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    Used inflatables for a number of years but had...

    Used inflatables for a number of years but had similar experience with seam splits and punctures. You get what you pay for was never harder learnt.

    You also want to give serious consideration to...
  3. I'm lost for words. Stunning. Never let...

    I'm lost for words. Stunning.

    Never let anyone belittle inflatables again.
  4. Loch Ken isn't Orange friendly at all unless its...

    Loch Ken isn't Orange friendly at all unless its changed since last year. Moaned about signal reception to a local and before I even mentioned the network he said "bet you're on Orange" No idea about...
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    You did pretty well paddling an inflatable the...

    You did pretty well paddling an inflatable the length of Ullswater and back. When I was paddling my old Sevylor Amazon inflatable I always reconed just doing half of it was a good trip. But then I...
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    Great blogg. Pity its such a distance from the...

    Great blogg. Pity its such a distance from the NE. On my one and only visit to The Broads my abiding memory was the birdlife. I've never managed to get so close to Kingfisher before or since.
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    Don't follow the herd. Go with what you feel is...

    Don't follow the herd. Go with what you feel is best for you. But reflect that there might be some very good reasons why open canoes are traditionally paddled with single paddles and kayaks with...
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    If you don't already know it have a look at...

    If you don't already know it have a look at Robert MacFarlane's book Wild Places. Just shows that a wild place doesn't have to be a wilderness.

    As for a wilderness paddle in England. I think you...
  9. Thread: B.C.U Membership

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    I wonder just how many BCU members join just for...

    I wonder just how many BCU members join just for the permit?

    Personally I decided not to renew my membership this year when I decided that really that was all I got out of BCU membership and as...
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    The worlds turning soft :D Enjoy the forum...

    The worlds turning soft :D

    Enjoy the forum but more importantly get out and enjoy yourself on the water. Saw my first daffodile on the way into work in Newcastle this morning so spring must be...
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    Hi from another North Easterner - well by...

    Hi from another North Easterner - well by adoption anyway.
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    Above Grange, appart from the question of water...

    Above Grange, appart from the question of water level, a novice will probably not be to happy. Below Grange - piece of cake as everyone else has said - even I can do it. Done it in varied water...
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    Paddled our way up the stream from Crummock water...

    Paddled our way up the stream from Crummock water May 08 and got as far as the bridge shown below.
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  14. Thread: SoTP BIG MEETING

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    Perthshire Wood Canvas Bootstrap Bob Smurf and...

    Perthshire Wood Canvas
    Bootstrap Bob
    Smurf and Pappa
    Tisme and family
    Trucker and family-2 adults 2 nippers
    Crow
    warthog + speed-demon2
    Bandy+2 son
    AHPP + mystery guest
    SimonM + Tribe (4)
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    20 minutes to put together yesterday from...

    20 minutes to put together yesterday from arriving to getting on the water. 10 minutes to dismantle.

    Considering the size of some handbags I should think Folbot's Citybot would fit:)
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    As Crows don't surface until mid morning I took...

    As Crows don't surface until mid morning I took the opportunity to have a laze about in the sunshine enjoying a coffee just upstream from the Tees Barrage.
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    As the local guide Crow and me needed you in...

    As the local guide Crow and me needed you in front so that we didn't get lost amongst the mudflats - the main channel wasn't always obvious even with a map in my hand.
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    Old timerSMyikesannim cheeky pup. I even paddled...

    Old timerSMyikesannim cheeky pup. I even paddled part of the time with a single paddle to give you a chance.
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    Some of us have been known to walk. :nice_hat: ...

    Some of us have been known to walk. :nice_hat: Some have even been known to visit McDonalds before meeting up for a paddle and not bringing his buddies a takeaway breakfast :mad: but we won't hold...
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    Piel Castle history

    You can find a good summary of the castle & islands history here. The nearby Furness Abbey is also worth a visit.
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    You're right about the cockpit on the Yukon. ...

    You're right about the cockpit on the Yukon.

    Paddle from a sitting position. A slightly modified stroke required but not to bad. Seen here on Windermere using a bent paddle
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    The folder suits me and as I occasionally paddle...

    The folder suits me and as I occasionally paddle it with a single paddle just to keep my hand in I'm tolerated amongst you open boaters. Either that or it's my witty banter.

    A couple of pics of...
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    Stealth camping out of season is the name of the...

    Stealth camping out of season is the name of the game here. Iif one of the Lake or National Trust Wardens turns up smile and use your charms. Pleading ignorance probably won't work if you're camped...
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    Well that just leaves me to add the arty pics. ...

    Well that just leaves me to add the arty pics.

    I was going to entitle this The Lonely Sea and The Sky but Gordon being the cultured lad he is beat me to it

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    I'm fully qualified in potering about and...

    I'm fully qualified in potering about and enjoying myself. I think I can even russle up a BCU qualification that says I can make the boat go more or less where I want it to.

    I'll leave the...
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